Massaging Your Dog

April 18, 2019

Massaging your dog has many benefits:

1) Relaxes your dog.

2) Soothes tired or sore muscles.

3) Eases pain from surgery or other injuries.

4) Helps your dog suffering from ailments caused by old age to feel better.

5) Gains your dog’s trust.

6) Noticeably increases the bond between you and your dog.

Many people hardly ever touch their dogs any more other than just petting or an occasional brushing. I believe dogs feel love and affection and need to be touched by their loved ones just like humans do. It doesn’t take long to give a massage and love.  And if you are familiar with your dog’s body you will spot little changes that occur throughout the years.  This could save costly vet bills when issues are cared for early.  In addition, your dog’s attitude will change in subtle ways that make the relationship more in tune.  

Instructions for dog massage: You don’t have to use oil, but olive oil or sesame oil works well, or a coat conditioner.  Rub a very small amount (the size of a dime) into your hands.  Begin talking to your dog about the day.  During the whole procedure, speak to your dog in a sweet, soft voice

1. Start at the top of the head and slowly stroke down the back to the tip of the tail.  With dock tailed dogs, continue past the tail as if it were there.  Use a very gently firm “squeeze-grip” on the tail as you slide your hand down to the tip of the tail.

2. Gently rub the back of the neck behind the ears with the pads of your fingers for a few seconds. Then, hold your dog’s head in your hands by the cheeks and under the ears (with the dog facing you).  Massage the ears lightly with thumb on one side, fingers opposing with the ears between your thumb and fingers.

3. Massage your dog’s eyes (they will close automatically) very lightly with your thumbs and stroke your forefinger up the nose, starting between the eyes sliding to the forehead.  Use the pads of your fingers to gently massage dog’s cheeks and lips and finally stroke the throat and chin.

4. Add a drop more oil to your hands and massage the chest (while the dog is standing preferred), moving your hands under the armpits and rubbing gently. Allow your hands to slide from the armpits to the forelegs.

It is easiest to massage all part equally if you straddle your dog standing over him, when you start with the chest massage. Practice this position with your dog to make sure they are comfortable with you looming over them.

1. Then turn the opposite direction and massage the buttock, sliding your hands down the legs (like you did for the tail) with a soft but firm grip all the way down to the paws. Gently hold the paws (one at a time) and squeeze gently for a few seconds.

2. Repeat this procedure, starting with the chest, 2 - 3 times.

You can also massage the chest, armpits, legs and paws while your dog is lying down either on his side or on his back.

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